RCDP Nepal

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Program website: http://www.rcdpnepal.org/

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This is about my experience with RCDP Nepal. I volunteered with this organization for ten weeks. I had an amazing time here. They introduced me to the language and the culture and helped everytime there were problems to be solved or questions to be answered. The first weeks I spent in a wonderful hostfamily in the south of Nepal and worked in the nursery. After that I went to work in an orphanage in the Kathmandu valley. The staff came to visit me once in a while and kept contact with me and my host to make sure everything is allright. But anyhow Nepal is a lot different than what many of us know so be open and prepared to experience the nepalese way of life: their sense of time, traffic and food :)
The organization can help you get to know everything and you should feel free to talk to them if you have any questions or concerns.

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Posted: June 5, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
24

My Name is Marla. I am from America and volunteering with RCDP in Nepal for 2 months. I found the organization online and discovered many different volunteer projects to choose from. I found the application process very easy and quick. I got all my questions answered through emails and if I wanted to change my project changed I was able to do that with no problems.
For my airline ticket I was recommended to ZenTravels which can have low prices and flexibility. When I arrived to Nepal I was warned about getting hassled at the airport by people who want to be tipped for taking your bags to the parking lot. I ended up giving them money, but do not be afraid to say you don't have any money because they do not work for this organization. The hostel I have been staying in is very nice and welcoming. Once you arrive there are most likely other volunteers there to help you get comfortable and to show you around. The food at first was a little hard to get used to, but I really enjoyed breakfast and dinner. An internet cafe is very close within walking distance and is very cheap. They also have phones so you can call home. The language course was very fun and I found it very useful. Two days were spent sightseeing around Kathmandu. We went to the Monkey Temple, Boudha Temple, Hindu Temple.
So far overall I have no regrets and am really enjoying my time. All the people are so relaxed and welcoming. Many Nepali people love to sit and practice their English with you, so don't be afraid to sit and have tea. I am very excited to start my projects next week. I would also highly recommended doing a trek sometime during your stay. Even if you are not physically fit.
Namaste.

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Posted: June 3, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: pete6510
Age:
23

My name is Michelle and I am a volunteer from Canada. As soon as I visited RCDP Nepal's website, I was very impressed by the variety of programs and the reasonable program fees. I received a very quick reply from Hom, the country coordinator who called and answered any questions that I had. This definitely reassured me, as I knew the organization was reliable and ready to support my needs. This support was constant from signing up for my program, sending me preparation packages, answering my questions, giving advice right up to when I arrived in the country.
After a week in Nepal I am so happy that I travelled with RCDP, I have been given the tools and support by the staff which will allow the rest of my 10 weeks to be an incredible adventure. I was welcomed at the airport by an RCDP staff who brought me safely to the Hostel in Kathmandu. The hostel is very clean and welcoming, the food is very good and the water as well. I have felt very safe and well taken care of. I completed the first language and culture training program week, and had Nepali classes from 9am to 12 pm each morning. My teacher was great and we learnt all the basics and Nepali phrases that would help us be confident when communicating with the locals.
I am looking forward to the rest of my volunteer experience here in Nepal with the support of RCDP who continue to be flexible to my wants and needs! I have no regrets and would absolutely recommend RCDP to anyone who is looking to volunteer abroad.

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Posted: June 3, 2012
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
10
Age:
18

My name is Beth, I am an 18 year old from England and with deciding that I wanted to do a gap year I knew that I wanted to go to Nepal. Having no experience travelling on my own I wanted to find a company who would provide me the security I needed to have everything organised before hand so that I didn't have to worry about organising things whilst I was in Nepal. I found the company gapforce who linked me with RCDP Nepal who in my opinion are amazing. I only found out about them once I got in Nepal but quickly realised it was them that had organised every step of my trip. As soon as I got to the hostel it felt like we had our own little family there, everyone in the RCDP staff is so welcoming that its hard not to feel like the hostel was a second home with good food, new friends and in the centre of Kathmandu so trips to attractions around were very easy. Part of my trip was language lessons for a week in Kathmandu, taught to us by Saman (RCDP staff). We immediately felt at ease and had a relationship with him not only as our teacher but as our friend. He made all 3 of the people in our group pass with flying colours! The second part of our stay in Nepal was a visit to Chitwan national park followed by volunteering at the conservation project in Rampor. We had one of the RCDP staff accompany us on the bus journey to Chitwan so they ensured our safe arrival. Had an amazing week in Chitwan (though it was cut short due to the strikes) riding elephants, doing a jungle walk, having an elephant bath, spotting rhinos, visiting the elephant breeding centre, experiencing the cultural stick dancing and helping maintain the nursary that supplied fruit and vegetables to the orphanage. With the strikes it meant there was a bit of panic about getting back to Kathmandu in time to catch our flight to Lukla to start the everest base camp trek. Lila, the RCDP representative in Chitwan was straight on hand to help us get out whilst we could, sending us on a local bus with another RCDP representative who ensured we got back to Kathmandu safely in time for our trek. The trek would not have been half as enjoyable if it hadn't been for our guide Gokul (hired through RCDP) who helped us step by step and managed to get us a night sleeping at base camp with an expedition team. RCDP are very flexible, affordable and are there to help you have the best experience possible. I would not have been able to enjoy my experience quite as much if it hadn't been for them guiding me and helping me chose the best possible things to see and do in Nepal. If you are wanting to travel Nepal RCDP are the best company to help you with your trip in my opinion, I would definitely use them again.

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Posted: May 31, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
18

Having not booked through RCDP Nepal, I first found out about them on arrival. Since then RCDP Nepal have been brilliant at organizing everything and sorting out any last minute problems. They were really helpful from start to finnish and were happy to sit down and explain any questions you may have; whether they be about culture/traditions or the details of the trip. They are friendly and easy to approach.
They were able to sort out all the details of our trip including transport, host families to stay with and food along the way. The host family I stayed with were really welcoming, they spoke good English and taught us Nepali so communication wasn't a problem. The language course which RCDP provided was very useful at this point.
Overall I would use RCDP again as they are experienced, organized and always available if ever you have a question when you are on project.

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Posted: May 31, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
Age:
19

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